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Police: Virginia girl, 2, left in a van, dies

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) - Police say a 2-year-old girl who was left in a van for an extended period of time has died in Virginia.

Police spokesman Scott Leamon says in a news release that authorities received a report of an unresponsive child yesterday afternoon in Roanoke. Emergency responders pronounced the girl dead at the scene.

Leamon says a preliminary investigation indicates that a parent accidentally left the girl in a car seat in the van. The van was parked in the driveway of a residence.

According to the National Weather Service, temperatures in Roanoke reached 90 degrees yesterday.

Leamon says the investigation is continuing. He did not say whether the heat was responsible for the death or whether anyone would be charged.


Crews search for missing boater in New Kent County

NEW KENT, Va. (AP) - Authorities are searching for a missing boater in New Kent County.

Police tell media outlets that witnesses reported seeing the man jump into the Pamunkey River after his boat stalled. Witnesses said the man tried to swim to the shore. But he went under water and didn't resurface.

Police believe the man was alone in the boat when the incident occurred yesterday afternoon.

The search began yesterday and resumed today.


Tobacco commission grants go to family connections

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A review by The Associated Press has found that a Virginia commission that invests money from a national tobacco settlement gave $21 million to an economic development group and a telephone cooperative run by family members of the commission's powerful chairman.

The grants are not illegal, but they are part of a rocky history of questionable spending of the Virginia Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission. The commission controls about $600 million in cash and investments.

The commission's chairman is Terry Kilgore, a Republican state legislator from a powerful political family. He says his family relationships have not influenced the commission's spending.

The commission has long been under scrutiny from various state officials and is part of an FBI investigation into the resignation of a Democratic state senator.


3 rescued after jet ski overturns near Fort Monroe

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) - The Coast Guard says three men escaped injury after their jet ski overturned near Fort Monroe.

A Coast Guard response boat crew rescued the men following the accident yesterday.

The Coast Guard says in a news release that the men swam to the Thimble Shoal range towers and climbed on the towers after the jet ski overturned and floated away.

The men were taken to Old Point Comfort Marina in Hampton and evaluated by local emergency responders.

The Coast Guard says a search began after two of the men were reported overdue at Paradise Ocean Club in Hampton. The men picked up the other passenger before the incident occurred.


Driver faces charges in Va. wreck that killed 3

KELLER, Va. (AP) - An Accomac man faces involuntary manslaughter charges stemming from a wreck that killed three people on the Eastern Shore.

Virginia State Police also charged 36-year-old Bonfilio Velazquez with driving under the influence. He's being held without bond at the Eastern Shore Regional Jail.

State police spokeswoman Corinne Geller says a van driven by Velazquez crossed the center line of U.S. Route 13 near Keller in Accomack County and hit a car shortly after 8 p.m. Saturday.

The car's driver and two passengers died at the scene. The driver was 58-year-old Arnette N. Chandler of Roosevelt, New York. The passengers were 55-year-old Diann W. Jones of Exmore and 12-year-old A'Jamae Jones, whose hometown was unavailable.

Three other children who were passengers in the car were injured.

Geller says Velazquez wasn't injured.


18th century brewery remains found at Va. college

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) - College students have always had a taste for beer, and archaeologists have uncovered new evidence at the College of William and Mary to prove it.

The remains of what is likely an 18th century on-campus brewery were discovered just outside of the nation's oldest college building when campus officials were looking to widen a sidewalk.

School officials say the discovery near the Wren Building will allow them to tell a broader story about campus life in the Colonial era that involved the interaction of slaves, Native Americans, faculty and students.

Major excavation of the site wrapped up on Friday, and archaeologists now plan to perform a detailed lab analysis on some of what they've found. That includes searching for pollen in hopes that would've been used to make beer.


Police: 3 killed in crash on Va. Eastern Shore

KELLER, Va. (AP) - Virginia State Police say three people were killed in a head-on collision on the Eastern Shore.

Spokeswoman Corinne Geller says a van crossed the center line of U.S. Route 13 near Keller in Accomack County and hit a car shortly after 8 p.m. Saturday.

The driver and two of the five passengers in the car died at the scene. The driver was 58-year-old Arnette N. Chandler of Roosevelt, New York. The passengers were 55-year-old Diann W. Jones of Exmore, Virginia, and 12-year-old A'Jamae Jones, whose hometown was unavailable.

A 13-year-old boy was taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries. Two girls, ages 8 and 9, suffered minor injuries.

The van driver was not injured and was charged with drunken driving.


Massachusetts Guard pilot killed in crash mourned

LONGMEADOW, Mass. (AP) - The widow of an Air National Guard pilot who died in an F-15 jet crash in Virginia says members of his Massachusetts wing unit planted 40 rose bushes in her yard to mark her birthday.

Kara Fontenot says at a memorial gathering Saturday night at the Longmeadow Town Green that she was overwhelmed by the hundreds of friends and neighbors who came to pay their respects to her husband, Lt. Col. Morris "Moose" Fontenot Jr.

She says her husband had promised to plant the bushes, and his fellow airmen landscaped their yard to carry out his promise.

He died Wednesday when his F-15 fighter jet crashed in Virginia.

Fontenot was a member of the 104th Fighter Wing in Westfield and was a career military pilot.

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